It’s been nearly a month since flood waters washed out many homes, driveways and bridges in the Dry Creek Community of Washington County, Tennessee.
"When you're watching your neighbors roll down the creek, it's hard, it's hard." said Joy Perry-Tester, a flood victim. She said the floods also washed away their piece of mind. "It was scary, very scary. I've seen a lot of people pray I've never seen pray before.”
Among the debris and mud, Perry-Tester has found signs of hope that survived the storms from around the neighborhood. "I’ve pulled out angel figures, praying hands, all her religious memento. They made it just fine."
Residents said the biggest problems they face a month later include rock piles, trees and debris in the creek that legally they can’t move because the water is actually state work. To work on it, you need a permit. So, residents have to wait for the money and manpower from to fix what Mother Nature moved.
"They need to repair the creek so we're not afraid. There are low lying places where the creek is going to come in where it didn't before,” said Ann Ingram, a flood victim.
While they wait for help cleaning up and repairing the creek, the Dry Creek Community is keeping an eye on sky and watching every storm cloud that rolls in with the threat of rain. "It is nerve wrecking. It was scary. I thought ‘oh no it's happening again’,” Perry-Tester said.
Residents said they still need more volunteers and shovels.